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Critical Mass

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Todd Stalter

Todd Stalter

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $78.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

An explosion of sound sets off a chain reaction in this combustible work. As it launches forward, small melodic fragments grow and expand outward and upward, creating a powerful work that closes with a nuclear finish.

- Program Note from publisher

Critical mass is a scientific term that refers to the smallest amount of fissile material needed to sustain a nuclear chain reaction. The work begins with an explosion of sound, then launches forward through small, ever-growing melodic fragments that expand outward and upward.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Georgia: IV
  • South Carolina: III


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  • Perusal score
  • Stalter, T. (2010). Critical Mass [score]. Alfred Publishing Company: USA